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Board of Governors

Board of Governors

Prof. Alan Lee Williams FRSA OBE

Personnel & Employees

These are exciting times for those involved in the delivery of international education and training. New technologies and ever-increasing globalisation mean that the skills, experience and qualifications of today’s learners need to be quite different from those of previous generations. Those same worldwide processes have resulted in the potential for education and training to be delivered in new, exciting and enjoyable ways.

Prof. Steve Letza

Finance & Risk Management

Following a successful career in public practice as a chartered accountant, Dr Letza moved into the food manufacturing industry as a chief accountant at Associated British Foods. He completed his PhD from University of Bradford School of Management. He has extensive Executive MBA teaching experience, including Beijing Jiaotong University, Griffith University Australia, Leeds UK, TiasNimbas Business School, The Netherlands, Poznan, Poland and Warwick, UK. He has over 200 published papers. In 2005 he was awarded the Literati medal for a paper he wrote in 1996. He has directed several large research projects on corporate governance, risk management, performance measurement and corporate reporting. Since 2000 he has developed the Centre for Director Education based at the Leeds Business School and the European Centre for Corporate Governance.

Lord Rupert Redesdale 

Government Policy Awareness

The youngest Life Peer created thus far, initially admitted as a Hereditary peer in 1991, and subsequently returning as a Life Peer in 2000 at the age of 33. For eleven years he was heavily involved in International Development as the Liberal Democrat Party’s Spokesperson and also travelled widely in his capacity as an election monitor for the United Nations. His numerous committee positions in Parliament include Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Climate Change and Secretary of the APPG for Archaeology.

Mr. David Nixon BA [Hons], PGCE

Student Experience

David was educated at the Universities of York, Keele and Nottingham in the UK, and is a first-class honours graduate in the Social Sciences, a qualified teacher, and a highly experienced manager in education. Before joining CLC he spent 12 years as Vice Principal of a state-sector further education college in Leicester, where he also played the role of Clerk to the College Corporation. Since taking up the Principal post at CLC, David has acquired extensive international experience in countries as varied as Mongolia, Tanzania, India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. He was instrumental in obtaining the prestigious Queens Award for the College in 2011, and led the College through its successful QAA Review for Educational Oversight in 2012

Dr S. Yousuf MBA(B’ham), DipM, PhD (Cran’d), MCIM FRSA

Chief Executive Officer 

Dr Yousuf MBA (Birmingham), PhD (Cranfield), FCIM, FRSA, is the Chief Executive Officer of company. He has taken the group from a single local premier institution to becoming the world’s leading specialist in transnational education, serving many thousands of students across the world. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of East London, Masters in Business Administration from the University of Birmingham Business School and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) from the Cranfield School of Management. He teaches Research Methods, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Finance and has worked in the fashion retailing and petroleum industries. For over 25 years he has been involved in the management of Higher Education.

Prof. James Kirkbride

Legal & Regulatory Policy

Professor James Kirkbride is Professor of International Business Law and was the founding Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Liverpool John Moores University.  Previously Head of the Centre for Board Development in Leeds and Director of the Law School and Assistant Dean in the Business Faculty. James is currently Professor of Industry at the University of Salford.

James has published over 60 papers in journals in law, business and education, and has written and contributed to 8 books on Business and Law issues.  He is a Visiting Professor at International Universities and has acted as an external consultant to the development of Law Schools at Bradford and Derby Universities, and an external RAE assessor at Lancaster, London Metropolitan and Brunel Universities.  He was, more recently, appointed external expert reviewer to the Humanities and Social Science Research Committee (Eire), and holds a Visiting Chair at the University of Shanghai.

Parts of his activity reflect a strong commitment and innovation in relevant vocational studies, including a Schumann award from the EU for developing and delivering programmes in this area, a UK DTI finalist award for UK-China sustainable penetration, and the accolade of one of the first “Yorkshire Winner “ awards by the Regional Development Agency for contributions to the County. He has also made invited contributions to national media (Times Higher, and the Guardian) on vocational education and employability.

Prof. Alan Bensted

Education Policy

Emeritus Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Law, extensive experience of external examining and academic reviewer for a range of journals, teaching, research and publications experience over 30 years

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